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34 cabinet members did not contest Jan 5 polls

Mahamudul Hasan

Thirty-four members of prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s new 49-member cabinet, which was sworn in on Sunday, did not face direct election in the January 5 polls.
In the absence of candidates in the polls marked by low turnout and alleged widespread stuffing of ballot papers, 33 out of the 34 ministers were part of the 153 candidates who were declared by the Election Commission ‘elected unopposed’.
Another state minister was inducted in the cabinet as a technocrat member.
Of the 49 cabinet members sworn in on Sunday, 24 full ministers out of 29, nine state ministers out of 17 and one
deputy minister out of two, were not part of the January 5 elections.
The full ministers, who did not have to contest the polls are Asaduzzaman Noor of Nilphamari 2 constituency, Mohammad Nasim of Sirajganj 1, Hasanul Haq Inu of Kushtia 2, Tofail Ahmed of Bhola 1, Amir Hossain Amu of Jhalakati 2, Anwar Hossain Manju of Pirojpur 2, Abdul Latif Siddiqui of Tangail 4, Syed Ashraful Islam of Kishorganj 1, Quamrul Islam of Dhaka 2, Rashed Khan Menon of Dhaka 8, AKM Mojammel Haque of Gazipur 1, Khondokar Mosharraf Hossain of Faridpur 3,  Shajahan Khan of Madaripur 2, Abul Maal Abdul Muhith of Sylhet 1, Nurul Islam Nahid of Sylhet 6, Syed Mohsin Ali of Moulbhibazar 3, Anisul Haque of Brahmanbaria 4, Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya of Chandpur 2, Obaidul Quader of Noakhali 5, Mosharraf Hossain of Chittagong 1, Anisul Islam Mahmud of Chittagong 5, Md Mojibul Haque of Comilla 11 and AHM Mostafa Kamal of Comilla 10 constituency.
Among the state ministers, Mashiur Rahman Ranga of Rangpur 1, Narayan Chandra Chanda of Khulna 5, Jahid Malik of Manikganj 3, Meher Afroj of Gazipur 5, Mirza Azam of Jamalpur 3, Promod Mankin of Mymensingh 1, Nasrul Hamid Bipu of Dhaka 3 and Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal of Dhaka 12 did not have to contest the January 5 polls. Meanwhile, Yeafesh Osman, who did not take part in the elections altogether, was sworn in as a technocrat state minister.   
Of the deputy minister, Abdullah al Islam Jacob of Bhola 4 constituency was elected unopposed in the January 5 polls. 

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